Cell Phone Towers That Look Like Trees

by PeggyHazelwood

Have you noticed cell phone towers in your area? Do they look like cell phone towers or do the cell phone towers look like trees? Check the cell phone tower locations to see.

Cell Phone Towers -- Yeah, You Blend

Have you ever seen those cell phone towers that look like trees? I have lived in two states where cell phone towers have been camouflaged to look like trees. Cell phone towers that look like trees

I think they are hilarious because at first glance, they look like what they are meant to look like--an evergreen tree or a palm tree--but upon closer look, they are stiff and unnatural looking.

Case in point, these two "palm trees" are not really palm trees; they are cell phone towers. Two of them. Twin cell phone towers in Glendale, Arizona.

Real Palm Trees

Real palm tree

Although the palm tree cell phone towers are good replicas, they are no match for the real thing. This is a real palm tree.

See the way the palm fronds are loose, swaying earthward? The trunk of the palm tree is not perfectly straight or nearly as dark brown. This is compared of course to the cell phone tower palm tree, which is just so fake!

Why Camouflage Cell Phone Towers?

When I first saw cell phone towers that were camouflaged, I wondered why they would do that? Why go to the trouble? But after seeing two kinds of trees--evergreen and palm trees--disguised as cell phone towers, it's obvious. They are more appealing to look at than the boring metal cell phone towers.

According to unmuseum.org in the article Cellular Deception, cell phone towers have cropped up across the country and are disguised as more than just trees.The following list contains where disguised cell phone towers can be found as discussed in the article:

  • atop power line tower
  • a fake modern church steeple
  • a fake grain silo
  • a fake rustic-looking water tower

For a peek at more cell phone towers that look like trees, check Good Environment.

Cell Phone Tower That Looks Like a Palm Tree

Phoenix, Arizona
Palm tree cell tower
Palm tree cell tower

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Cell Phone Towers Disguised as Evergreen Trees

The first time I saw a cell phone tower that looked like a tree was in Colorado. I was driving along C-470 West of Denver heading into the mountains and lo and behold, there was this big fake-looking evergreen tree. I thought it was a joke of some kind. I mean, it really looked fake.

At second glance, I saw the big bars or whatever they are called at the top and knew it had to be some sort of antenna or something. I wasn't sure what it was but when I asked friends, they said, "Oh yeah, those trees are really cell phone towers."

Since moving to Phoenix, I've seen evergreen tree cell phone towers here, too. One is off the I-10 on the west side of the freeway on the south edge of Phoenix.

The following YouTube video shows one of the evergreen tree cell phone towers up close and personal.

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A Colorado Cell Phone Tower Disguised as a Tree

What do you think cell phone towers should look like?

Updated: 06/15/2013, PeggyHazelwood
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PeggyHazelwood on 09/16/2014

Good point, RuthCox! I haven't noticed birds and animals near them!

RuthCox on 09/16/2014

I have not seen a cell phone tower disguised as a tree, yet. I could not help but wonder what the birds and animals think of these fake trees.

PeggyHazelwood on 06/01/2013

Mike, you're right. They look silly up close sometimes, but these cell phone towers do blend in from a distance.

MikeRobbers on 06/01/2013

Seems as a nice idea. Even if they look fake it is a much fitting addition to the local environment.

dustytoes on 05/02/2013

I like the palm tree towers, but those wouldn't work in New Hampshire! They are still pretty fake looking, so I say, why bother with the disguise?

Thamisgith on 09/21/2012

Personally, I think that it's kind of nice that they at least took the trouble to try to make these towers look a little more pleasing to the eye.

RainDefence on 04/27/2012

I had no idea these existed til now. A great idea. Ok you spot them if you're looking for them, but they blend into the background pretty well. I wonder if there is a way of doing something similar for wind turbines and solar panels?

PeggyHazelwood on 07/22/2011

I hadn't heard about disguised wind turbines. Interesting! Thanks for your comment.

mivvy on 07/22/2011

This is such a good idea, because this way the cell phone towers almost blend in with the landscape. They are now going to do the same with wind turbines, almost the same. they will plant trees around them so that these turbines look a bit like trees and don't stand out so much in the landscape,

sandyspider on 07/18/2011

That is really cool. I haven't seen them disguised in my area. But then I wouldn't know because they are disguised. :)

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